Introducing Daz Connect

Introducing Daz Connect

A smarter, faster way to get your Daz Studio content

Smart Content Just Got Smarter...

With Daz Connect, your entire library of Daz Studio content is available to you on demand with just a few clicks, and without ever having to leave Daz Studio. You can install, browse, and manage your content instantly from within Daz Studio’s Smart Content pane. No need to launch any third party installers or place any zip files... just browse to your Smart Content, find your item and double click it to install. That’s it! Your content is now ready to use.

Instant Access

Access your content anytime, anywhere. Its easier than ever to install and manage your content without ever having to leave Daz Studio!

1a. Choose the “Products” page in Smart Content 1b. Choose the “Available” filter to show only available products 1c. Double click a product icon to install it Note: If you don’t see your content, try turning off the "Filter By Context" option referenced in 2b.

In-App Purchasing

For the first time ever, you can actually purchase new content right inside Studio from the new “Store” page.

2a. Open the “Store” page to see Daz products you do not currently own 2b. The "Filter By Context" option allows you to narrow or expand your results contextually. 2c. You can also search, filter and securely purchase right from the "Store" page.

Work Offline

Need to use your content on a computer without a persistent internet connection? No problem. Daz Studio only needs to connect to the Daz Connect Service once. From then on, with just a few extra steps, you can install content manually without any need for a persistant connection.

More about Offline Files and how to use them

Encrypted Daz Connect

Items with this icon are Encrypted Daz Connect products. Some of the core files provided by these products are stored on your computer in an encrypted form once installed.

NOTE: Only Daz Studio native files (duf, .dsf, etc.) are encrypted. Other assets provided by the product (such as textures or shaders) as well as the work you save or export remain unencrypted. Twelve months from the product release date, Encrypted Daz Connect files will be automatically updated to an un-encrypted file. To find a product's release date, look here.

An Introduction to Daz Connect

Daz Connect FAQ

Does Daz Studio 4.9 require me to use Daz Connect?

No, you are not required to use Daz Connect services in Daz Studio.

How do I get my purchased products now?

Once you have installed Daz Studio 4.9, log in to your Daz 3D account from within Daz Studio and go to the Products page of the Smart Content pane or the Products section of the Content Library pane to see products. If this is your first time launching this version, you may need to wait for Daz Studio to finish migrating product data from the previous version and/or retrieving data from our servers. The product icons that are grayed out are available for you through Daz Connect. Double-click a product to install it. It is just that easy.

Note: Some products, like plugins, are not yet supported by Daz Connect and will need to be installed through Daz Install Manager or manually.

How can I get new products through Daz Connect?

At the bottom of the Smart Content pane you will see a page titled "Store". This will show you the most popular products related to what is selected in your library and scene. For example, if you are looking at hair in your library to choose one for your scene, the Store page will show you some of the most popular hair items that you do not own yet and may want to consider.

Are all products Daz Connect ready?

New products, as well as a huge selection of older products, will be offered through Daz Connect right away, with more of the older products having Daz Connect support added in the future. Products that have been offered through non-Daz Connect methods will continue to be available through those methods as well as through Daz Connect.

New products may begin to be offered through Daz Connect only. This will be determined on a product by product basis.

Will the products I already own keep working?

Yes, any previously installed products will continue to work. When you update to Daz Studio 4.9, all products that are compatible with Daz Connect will be highlighted. If you decide to install the products through Daz Connect by right-clicking and choosing “Install,” the upgraded version will be installed and will benefit from in-application update notifications from that point forward. If you decide not to upgrade a product, it will continue to function as before. Products not supported by Daz Connect will keep their previous functionality and must be updated through existing workflows, such as Daz Install Manager.

Will products from stores other than Daz 3D keep working?

Products from other stores will continue working the way they did prior to Daz Studio 4.9. These products do benefit from features that have been added by Daz Studio 4.9, but they cannot benefit from any of the Daz Connect specific features.

Can I use the Content Library pane with Daz Connect?

If you prefer to use the Content Library pane, it has also been updated to support Daz Connect.

Does Daz Studio 4.9 require me to be online to use Daz Connect installed content?

You are not required to be online to use products installed using Daz Connect.

You are required to connect at least once to validate your account, but you can work offline from that point forward. However, working offline will not allow you to benefit from using live product and metadata updates, installing content from our servers, or using the Store page in the Smart Content pane.

I use my content on multiple computers. Can I still do that?

Products can be installed and used on an unlimited number of computers, but you can only be actively connected with a limited number of computers at the same time. In fact, using Daz Connect makes this easier than before, as any computer you log into will have access to your purchased products directly within Daz Studio. There is no need to carry around your installation files—simply login and download your products on any machine.

I have multiple people in my household who share content with each other. Can we still do that?

No. Using content for more than one person is not allowed by the Daz 3D End User License Agreement (EULA). When you log into Daz Connect through Daz Studio, you will see and be able to use products that are tied to your account but not products that are associated with someone else’s account.

Can I copy products installed using Daz Connect from one computer to another?

The preferred workflow is to log in to each computer and install the desired products using Daz Connect. If this is not a workable solution, please contact Customer Support for potential alternatives. Products downloaded and installed through Daz Install Manager or directly from the online store will continue to function as they currently do.

Will Daz Install Manager and Daz Connect work side by side? Can I choose one or the other?

Yes, both Daz Install Manager and Daz Connect can work side by side. Planned updates to Daz Studio and Daz Install Manager will help coordinate installation methods.

Do I have to re-download all of my products?

No, but if you choose to update a product to benefit from the live functionality, the latest updated version of the product will install and / or copy files to a Daz Connect managed directory. Daz Install Manager product updates required you to re-download the entire product. Daz Connect allows you to get incremental changes, making updates more efficient. Once installed or copied using Daz Connect, Daz Studio keeps you notified of available updates as well as other content to consider.

Does Daz Connect work with plugins?

Not at this time. Daz Studio application updates and plugins still need to be installed through Daz Install Manager.

Will my saved scenes also be encrypted?

No, your saved scenes are not encrypted—you can continue to share them if you like. Scene files do not actually contain assets—they contain references to the assets. In order to load a scene, you need the assets to be locally available.

In Daz Studio, if you attempt to load a scene file that requires assets you own but are not installed, you will be prompted to install them using Daz Connect. If the required assets are installed through Daz Install Manager or manually, the scene will load without prompting you. If the required assets are installed using Daz Connect and also installed by any other means, the Daz Connect installed assets take precedence.

Click here to read the full Daz Connect FAQ